Initial Descent: April 21 – 27, 2019

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Lord Dying – photo courtesy of Alyssa Herrman

New week, new set of circumstances, new opportunities, and new metal which is the one reason we’re here. As some band once said ‘nothing else matters.’ And with that, let’s get on with it.

This week will be remembered for many reasons, I’m sure, but the biggest of which is whatever you thought you knew about Lord Dying forget it and make way for their new, more progressive, more classically psychedelic, and more fantastic look on Mysterium Tremendum – talk about surprises, it’s nearly impossible to tell this is the same band but make no mistake, it IS amazing. Then we’ve got black metallers Murg who moved mountains with their debut Gudatall but return to grab the sky and move it too on Strävan, it’s everything that was great about their debut, just better and particularly so in the memorable songwriting department. Next is everyone’s favorite droners Sunn O))) (say it with me…sun) who return with another slab of frequencies on Life Metal that are so heavy you can feel them, or breathe them – points if you know where that came from and if you missed out on RSD, now’s your chance. Last up top but certainly not least is Spotlights who prove that post-metal as a tag is limiting seeing as how Love & Decay is so much more with its power, haunting melodies, and wisps of granite destroying heaviness – ‘iron tone in a velvet glove’ was part of the promo accompaniments and it couldn’t be more accurate.

Beyond that you’ll just have to explore for yourself. Get in there… Continue reading

Initial Descent: July 2 – 8, 2017


All of a sudden it’s July. Half the year gone and I don’t know where it went but alas we have a full plate of metal for you this week here on Initial Descent. And I offer you a challenge: pick one or two of these and really give them a listen, I mean REALLY concentrate and not only hear it but feel it. No better place to start than with the jaw dropping black metal/atmospheric doom debut, The Maw of Time, from Skyeater. Next up is NZ’s Heresiarch with their war torn blackened death metal on Death OrdinanceInvocation Spells return with their third full length, The Flame of Hatewhich finds them further refining their black metal/thrash attack and it’s a barnburner, closing out the top slots is the part cinematic score and part new album from MelvinsA Walk With Love & Death, and while it’s true their discography is deep there’s no better time to climb onboard than now — so do that. Read beyond these four to find much more to sink your teeth into and don’t forget about the challenge, feel free to report back on your findings. Continue reading

Initial Descent: May 26’s New Releases in Brief

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via Adult Swim

It’s new release Tuesday—time for another edition of Initial Descent! And unfortunately, it’s yet another weird week for us. Call it a post-MDF lull, or call it yet another streaming service letdown, but this week’s just a bit lacking in the new release department. The most significant one we wanted to discuss–Arcturus’ Arcturian—STILL isn’t available to stream in full on Spotify. Still. Two weeks after we first tried to discuss it during the week of its European release. Call us crazy, but absent a promo copy, it may be time to give up on that one…

And unfortunately, it’s looking a bit light beyond that as well. So what we’ll do instead is go back and discuss the two HUGE albums that dropped last week, but that we weren’t able to discuss on the podcast, because MDF. In case you need a reminder, those are:  Continue reading

Album Review: Faith No More – “Sol Invictus”

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Over their initial, 17-year run, Faith No More established themselves as one of the scene’s most adept genre-blenders. The band dabbled in everything from funk (“We Care a Lot”) to thrash (“Surprise! You’re Dead!”) to trip-hop (“Stripsearch”) eliminating the typical sonic expectations that befall so many bands. Really, they should be the ideal candidate for a killer reunion album; if a band’s not supposed to sound like anything in particular, how can they go wrong? Unfortunately, they’ve found a way. While not a bad effort, the band’s new album, Sol Invictus, leaves no lasting impressions, and ultimately makes you wonder why it came to be.  Continue reading

Initial Descent: May 19’s New Releases in Brief

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via Adult Swim

So this edition of Initial Descent’s gonna be a bit of a different ballgame than you’ve gotten used to. For one, it’s not called “Just the Tip” anymore. That’d be the most obvious part. For another, we’re not actually going to be talking about any of these on the pod this week. Why’s that?

Well, it’s Maryland Deathfest week, ya dingus! Instead of one normal episode, we’ll be coming at you with a series of mini-sodes covering each day at the festival. Because this year, for the first time, we’re going to all four days! So there won’t be any headlines, new releases or heaven / hell / purgatory to speak of this week—just the daily recaps of our shenanigans at the festival.

BUT…that being said, there are still some new releases that you might want to check out this week. So here they are:   Continue reading